So back to the bare woodwork it was.
Tools I used:
- Heat Gun
- Paint Stripper Hand Tool (here is the one I use: http://www.wilko.com/preparation/wilko-5-in-1-tool/invt/0343146)
- Extension Lead (the lead on the heat gun wasn't very long)
- Protective Glasses
- Bucket of water - just in case the wood gets too hot!
- Palm Sander
- Dust Mask
Some parts of the architrave stripped really quickly, other parts were much more stubborn. The key is to keep the heat moving slightly so it doesn't scorch the wood, then just as it starts to bubble, attack it with the scraping tool! I damaged the wood in a few places where I tried to scrape it before the paint had softened properly and gouged into the wood instead - oops! Nothing a bit of wood filler can't fix though. That's just because I was so impatient!
The wood was then very rough so I sanded it down with my palm mouse sander:
The difficulty I have found, is I'm not quite sure where to stop...! You can see if the picture above I have done all of the wood that is visible from the hallway when the door is closed. Trouble is if I keep going, I could go on forever with all the woodwork in all the rooms!
I managed to do the bathroom doorway, and started on the spare bedroom doorway, when all of a sudden... the heat gun stopped being hot! It was still blowing air out but it just wasn't hot. By the time I had gotten the heat gun exchanged (Screwfix were fab), time was flying and the plastering was imminent, so that was as far as I got before the plasterer came. To be continued...